Does it feel like the start of another week has you stuck on the tarmac? Don’t worry, because it’s Monday, and The Nest is once again ready to fire all of our guns at once and explode into space! That’s the day we send a lunar rover to search deep down in that dark asteroid of lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s got her spacesuit on and is ready to launch the needle on another interstellar record, while the Sponkies are streaming Space Camp on their phones. Three, two, one….. lift off!!!!
It has happened so often in the music industry that one song can literally be the difference between a band becoming worldwide superstars or completely fading into oblivion. Sometimes, however, even that striking moment of success is eventually forgotten about and can leave you as one of the more anonymous success stories in pop music. It was that latter fate that befell a British band by the name of Jigsaw, who in 1975 suddenly found themselves the authors of an international hit song…. and a pretty good one at that!
“Sky High” wound up as a Top 10 hit in almost every English speaking western nation around the world… coming in at #3 in the US. Unfortunately, the song barely gets played at all anymore… and it doesn’t help that Jigsaw had very little other material reach the charts, with just one other low-rated Top 40 song in either the US or UK. Part of what made “Sky High” such a radio hit in the mid 70’s was that Jigsaw’s style was influenced heavily by one of that decade’s biggest pop stars, Paul McCartney. In fact, the first few times I heard this song, I was sure it was done by Wings. And I doubt I’m alone in that mis-attribution, making Jigsaw stand out even less…
Here’s a quote from Jigsaw’s Wikipedia page I linked to above, describing the band’s early, pre-stardom days….
“On stage, Jigsaw were a wild rock band who had a high energy live show; drum kits were set on fire, explosions were set off as an effect, Tony Britnell performed fire eating and Clive Scott would make his Marshall stack explode and disintegrate.”
Now contrast that mental image with what you see in the video….
Come back next Monday for another sky high earworm…